While members of Generation Z and Millennials (16 to 34 year olds) continue to litter more than any other age groups, some Texas high school students have been doing their parts to keep their communities trash-free. One Austin student was recognized on June 17 with a $2,000 scholarship award.
Charlotte Lichtenheld of McCallum High School received one of three awards from the Don’t mess with Texas® Scholarship program. Also awarded were Marisol Martinez of Corpus Christi, who received a $6,000 scholarship, and Jaclyn Muniz of San Antonio, who received a $2,000 scholarship.
The scholarship program is a partnership between Keep Texas Beautiful and the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) and is sponsored by real estate and oil and gas company Forestar. Scholarship applications are judged based on student essays detailing creative and/or sustainable solutions to prevent litter, encourage anti-littering behaviors and to build awareness of the Don’t mess with Texas® initiative.
This year marks the 12th year of the Don’t mess with Texas® Scholarship contest with a record 1,456 applications submitted. Throughout its history, the scholarship program has provided more than $60,000 in college scholarships to Texas high school seniors.